Your chance to shine

DH&T magazine is thrilled to announce the launch of the Dental Hygiene & Therapy awards, the only UK awards created to specifically celebrate the achievements and hard work of hygienists and therapists. The role of hygienists and therapists continues to grow and the launch of these awards will celebrate this. Your skill set has never been more key and your position within the dental team never more valued.  DH&T is thrilled to announce the new award sponsors; Colgate sensitive pro relief, Oral-B, Phillips Sonicare, TePe, Voco and Wrigley. FMC would like to thank them for their support and extend enormous gratitude to all sponsors, without whom we could not launch such a new and exciting award ceremony. Winning, or being shortlisted for an award, is a huge achievement and a credible external guarantee of your high performance within the profession. Have you excelled in any of the following categories?

Best Young Hygienist or Therapist (under 30)

If you are a dental hygienist or therapist aged 30 or under (on 14 December 2012) then why not enter this category? If you have worked hard and produced impressive results throughout your career so far, get the recognition you deserve! Your entry needs to be between 500-1,500 words. Tell us what you have achieved, describing any hurdles you have overcome. Have you championed a successful project or maybe something else? Please include a photo and any other supporting evidence on why you fit the bill.

Best Preventive Practice

This category is designed to recognise the UK practice with the strongest, best established and well thought out preventive ethos, whether it be NHS, private or mixed. As a team, you will successfully communicate the oral health message to your patients, you will work together to raise oral health standards and you will regard prevention as your number one priority above all else. You may send in as much supporting evidence as you like as well as your team’s personal opinions and patient testimonials! Please include a photo and 500-1,500 words.

Best Marketing (campaigns during school holidays, etc)

Effective marketing can mean the difference between success and failure. With direct access to patients on the horizon for you, there has never been a more important time to market your skills. Provide us with examples of your innovative campaigns that successfully reach your target patients and referring dentists. With many of you now using social networking sites, Twitter and Facebook, marketing can come easy – but it’s those that think outside the box that dream up the best campaigns! Please include proof of effective marketing.

Best Dental Innovation (healthcare promotion)

Have you been creative with oral health promotions and campaigns? Did you go out on a limb to raise awareness of National Smile Month or Mouth Cancer Action Month at the practice. Or did you dream up, initiate and run an exciting oral health project or development? It may have been a special children-only day in practice or a visit to local schools or an oral health awareness campaign. Submit your entry today!

Best Hygienist or Therapist (regional awards)

• Scotland

• Northern Ireland

• North West

• North East

• Republic of Ireland

• Midlands

• East

• London

• South West

• South East

• Wales

Heart your Smile Award

This award will recognise a dental team that is committed to giving back to the local community whether it be a fund-raising drive or implementing oral health promotions to benefit those most at need in their local area. This award could be for a hygienist or therapist who has shown the most impact on spreading the oral health message in their local community.

Best Hygienist or Therapist of the Year

Tell us how you ensure that your patients receive the ultimate in oral health care. Do you have particular methods to make everyone visiting you feel extra special? Do you go the extra mile when it comes to providing 5* customer service? Provide us with patient testimonials to support your entry. Please include a photo and 500-1,500 words on why you fit the bill. The overall ‘Best Hygienist or Therapist of the year’ will receive a truly impressive trophy.

Why enter?

If you are passionate about maintaining high standards within your profession, why not gain the recognition you deserve? Flaunt your success and gain valuable PR coverage in our popular publications. Awards can be effectively incorporated into your marketing strategy and on advertisements to prove to patients your high level of professional ability.

The ceremony

The award ceremony wil be held at the Vinopolis, Bank End, London, on 14 December 2012. The DH&T awards will be a lunch time event including a drinks reception, a fabulous three-course lunch and the awards ceremony where all shortlisted and winning entries will be announced.

Entry details

Join us for this exciting celebration, entry is so simple. Choose the category(s) you wish to enter, download an entry form at http://dentalhygienetherapy.co.uk/awards/ and follow the guidelines. Entry cost is just £35 + VAT per category and you may enter as many categories as you wish.

Please note you must call Olivia O’Malley on 01923 851735 to pre-register your entry before 30 June.

For each entry, explain why you, your team or the individual deserves to win. Please submit between 500-1500 words on a CD or USB stick. To ensure your practice is judged accurately, please ensure you provide as much supporting evidence as you can. You can include; marketing materials, testimonials, video footage and high resolution photographs saved in a jpeg format.

Submit your final entry and payment all before the closing deadline of Friday 14 September. Do not forget to pre-register before 30 June.

Please send your payment and completed entries to; DH&T Awards, FMC, 1 Hertford House, Farm Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire, WD7 9AB.

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